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Leave it to Lexus to shine in the compact luxury crossover segment. There is already the NX 300h we test drove last year and recently sat behind the NX 200t. It was a blast to drive, responding with quickness in any driving situation while loaded with luxury and tech goodies expected from this upscale division of Toyota.
A 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-4 cylinder gas engine pumps out 235 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. It is mated to a standard 6-speed auto gearbox. Offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the NX 200t sports a brawny, hunkered-down posture, especially when you glance at the raked lift gate and the roof-mounted rear spoiler. As soon as we stepped into the airy and well-appointed cabin, the gated automatic shifter caught our attention. A 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen displays audio, fuel consumption, mileage, outside temperature, odometer and tire pressure readings. Some niceties include dual-zone auto climate control, 10-way power driver and 8-way front-passenger seats, 60/40 rear seat, manual tilt/telescopic steering column, Lexus analog clock and dark umber trim. A cool mouse-like Remote Touch can be used to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, front-passenger cushion airbag are standard along with side-impact door beams, four-wheel antilock brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability and Traction Control, rearview camera, push-button start, three-point seatbelts with pretensioners, and front and rear crumple zones.
If in the market for a compact luxury crossover with a forceful engine under the hood, decent gas mileage and plentiful creature comforts, the NX 200t fits the bill. Indeed, its addition along with the hybrid version to the Lexus lineup makes sense. And a lot of difference. 

Wheelbase: 104.7 inches
Length: 182.3 inches
Width: 73.6 inches
Height: 64.8 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; double wishbone rear
Steering: electric power
Tires: P225/65R17
Fuel capacity: 15.9 gallons
Mileage: city 22, highway 28
Weight: 4,050 pounds
Base price: $34,865
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